Dallas Police Chief Debunks “Good Guy with a Gun” Myth

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One of the most popular myths among gun advocates is that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun. Though there are some instances of armed citizens stopping armed criminals, there is no evidence to indicate that an increased presence of supposed “good guys” with guns does anything to stop “bad guys” with guns.

Gun advocates blame mass shootings on strict gun control legislation, claiming that the shooter could have been stopped if someone “good” had been carrying a gun. Analyses of FBI data has proven that claim to be false. They also show that most gun homicides occur during arguments between people that know each other already, not during the commission of felonies. Regardless of the heated debate over gun control in the United States, the simple fact is that more guns mean more gun violence. And a “good guy with a gun” cannot change that.

Following the Dallas shooting that took the lives of five police officers, Dallas Police Chief David Brown addressed the “good guy with a gun” myth in a press conference on Monday:

“REPORTER: We know that there was at least one gentleman who was a subject – person of interest, during the demonstration he had an AR-15 around his – around his shoulder. What does this tell you about people using the new Texas law of open carry at a demonstration like this?

DALLAS POLICE CHIEF DAVID BROWN: That it’s difficult at best. We expressed this, it’s a little different here in Texas. Where are you from?

REPORTER: Here.

BROWN: You’re from Texas? Oh, you know. All right, so, it’s a little different here in Texas in the way we view open carry, concealed carry. We’ve had great dialogue with our state legislators about this. We’ve expressed all of our concerns. We are trying as best as we can as a law enforcement community to make it work so the citizens can express their Second Amendment rights.

But it’s increasingly challenging when people have AR-15s slung over and shootings occur in a crowd and they begin running, and we don’t know – or we don’t know if they’re the shooter or not, or they begin, it’s been the presumption that a good guy with a gun is the best way to resolve some of these things. Well, we don’t know who the good guy is versus who the bad guy is if everybody starts shooting, and we’ve expressed that concern as well.

I have every belief and trust that our folks are listening at the state on this issue, particularly as it involves protests, particularly as it involves protest.”

Just a day later, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) made similar remarks on the Senate Floor:

“If you are buying a weapon because you think that owning one makes you less likely to be killed by a gun, then you’re wrong. And if you are standing in the way of policies that crack down on illegal or dangerous weapons on our street because you believe in some kind of gun control Darwinism, a world in which the good guys with guns eventually shoot all the bad guys with guns, well then you have it backwards. Because that’s not how it works. You know how I know this? Because study after study tells us that owning a gun makes you more likely to be killed by that gun than to use it to kill someone who threatens you. And studies show that in countries and states with more guns, there are generally not less gun deaths, but more gun deaths. Like the study in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed that a gun in your house doesn’t make you less likely to be killed, it isn’t even risk neutral, having a gun in your home actually increases your chance of getting killed by a gun by anywhere from 40 percent to 170 percent. Or how about the study in the American Journal of Epidemiology that showed that people living in a house with a gun are 90 percent more likely to die from a homicide than people who live in a house without a gun? Or what about the study from the Violence Policy Center that instances of guns being used in self-defense are so rare that on average there are 44 criminal homicides with guns for every time a gun is used for protection in a justifiable homicide? Or how about one more from the Harvard Injury Control Research Center which showed that in states and communities with greater gun availability, gun homicide rates were higher, not lower, than communities and states with lower gun availability.”

The expert statement of Chief Brown and informed statement of Senator Murphy may not change the minds of gun advocates, but they do clear up a huge myth the NRA has been touting for years.

Watch the video of Brown’s remarks here.

Watch the video of Murphy’s remarks here.

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